Happy Birthday! Email Spam Turns 33
The world's first spam email was sent 33 years ago on May 3, 1978. The pesky marketing ploy, an ad for the latest computer models, was delivered to about 600 people's inboxes over a network of government and university computers.
Gary Thuerk, a marketing manager for the American computer company Digital Equipment Corporation, wanted to get the word out about the company's upcoming open houses in Los Angeles and San Mateo, Calif.
The events would be showcasing the company's latest computers, and Thuerk was hoping to drum up interest in the new technology.
With about 600 people on the invite list -- most of them computer scientists -- Thuerk decided to email them all at once instead of writing to each person individually.
To do this, he used the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPAnet), an operational packet-switching network that later became one of the bases of the Internet.
Understandably, most of the recipients of Thuerk's unsolicited email responded negatively, but he did manage to make a few sales as a result, and voila -- the first spammer was born.
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